Golf Fitness Guide

Golf fitness. Two words you might not believe go together if you've seen too many beer-bellied guys riding in carts. But golf fitness is important for those golfers who truly want to improve their games - and who want to improve their physical abilities. Because golf fitness means addressing issues of strength, flexibility, and balance. Paying attention to golf fitness ​can improve your scores.

Also listed here are informational articles on the benefits of golf and other issues relating to golf as a physical activity.

Guess What? Golf Is Good For You

Pro golfer Geoff Ogilvy of Australia stretching
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This article discusses a scientific study that attempted to quantify how many calories are burned and how many miles are walked during a round of golf. The study also looked at how walking vs. riding - and how carrying your own bag vs. using a push cart or caddie - impacts the golfer's score.

Walking Golf: Why Walking Rather than Riding Can Help Your Health and Score

Similar in focus to the first article, but more of a general look at the benefits of walking when playing golf, as opposed to riding in a cart. Many golf organizations push walking not just for its health benefits, but because it's better for golf courses and - many argue - better for the game overall.

Golf Exercises

There are quite a few articles on our site that describe and demonstrate specific exercises that you can do to work on your golf fitness. This page lists exercises that target muscles specific to golf.

Head-to-Toe Stretches for Your Golf Warmup

This article prescribes a simple stretching routine that you can do on the driving range or even on the first tee, something quick and easy to get your body primed for golf. The routine was developed by an orthopedic surgeon who has published books on the subjects of golf fitness and golf injuries.

The Right Way to Warm Up Before a Round of Golf

One of the keys to avoiding injury in golf is to go through a proper warm up. That's also one of the keys to scoring well. This warmup routine includes not just a recommendation to do some stretching, but also describes where to begin your practice before the round and how to progress in a way that has you best prepared to tee off.

Golf Fitness Program for Getting Back Into the Game

Maybe you've been away from golf for a while. Maybe you live in a climate where you have to put the clubs away during the winter months. But now you're ready to get out the clubs and get back on the golf course. Before you do, take some time to ease your body back into golf with a golf fitness program. The one described here goes over the key areas to address and recommends specific exercises and stretches.

Most Common Golf Injuries

The orthopedic surgeon we mentioned above - the one whose simple pre-round stretching routine we mentioned - also wrote this article for us. Here, the doctor describes the most common injuries in golf, describes how to recognize them and what the necessary treatments might be.

Back Exercises for Golf

Speaking of common golf injuries, the back - and specifically the lower back - is often a problem area for golfers. Taking care of your back means paying attention to golf fitness - incorporating stretches and exercises into your workouts that can help protect your back against pain or injury.

Golf Core Exercises

The core can roughly be thought of as the mid-section. It's all the muscles, ligaments, and bone from above your knees to below your chest. And the core is put through its paces during the golf swing, which requires fundamental rotational movements in the core area. Strengthening your core can protect against injury, but it can also improve your swing. Here are some golf core exercises that focus on that part of the body.

Improved Flexibility Can Add Consistency to Your Golf Swing

This article, written by a golf fitness trainer to PGA Tour pros, explains how the golf swing benefits when the golfer is paying attention to flexibility with a golf fitness program.